Forward Gaming take another victory; Qualify for ESL One Birmingham 2019
Forward Gaming continues to be a force to be reckoned with as they seize the ESL One Birmingham 2019 slot for North America.
The ESL One Birmingham 2019 North America qualifiers were stacked with regional talent. All four teams were viable contenders for the spot and considering recent performances and achievements of them all, it was certainly anyone's victory.
compLexity Gaming started out as the frontrunners for the event. They cruised through the first two upper bracket rounds undefeated, sweeping their opponents down to the lower brackets each time for a smooth slide into the grand finals.
Forward Gaming had recent success, clinching the OGA Dota Pit Minor spot and then almost immediately after claiming the Qi Invitational Americas title. In the first round of the ESL One Birmingham 2019 qualifiers, however, they were simply overpowered by Team Team 2:0 and dropped quickly to the lower road. It was there that they shined under the pressure and swept through both J.Storm and then Team Team to find themselves a place in the grand finals against compLexity.
As the two teams went toe to toe, it turned out to be a series that would favor Forward Gaming heavily, despite col having the one game win advantage from the upper brackets. Fans are once again asking what Yawar "YawaR" Hassan has eaten for breakfast. The Pakistani player has been playing like a beast in recent weeks, dominating his opponents and playing in top shape.
In a thrilling end, Forward took the slot with a 3:2 victory.
TeamLiquid, Evil Geniuses, Team Secret, PSG.LGD, OG, ViCi Gaming, Virtus.pro, and NiP were directly invited while TNC Predator and Keen Gaming have already qualified. One more team will join to represent Europe. Alliance and Old but Gold are scheduled to go head to head in the best-of-five grand finals at 18:00 CEST today to become the final team in Birmingham's lineup.
ESL One Birmingham 2019
Twelve teams will be on hand in Birmingham to fight for a slice of the prize pool of $300.000 between May 28th - June 2nd, 2019. Eight teams will be directly invited and four teams will qualify from NA, SEA, China, and EU.
ESL One Birmingham 2019 Format:
- Group stage matches will be played from May 28 - May 30
- Two groups of six teams
- Round Robin bo2 format
- The top two teams in each group will be seeded into the Upper Bracket Semi-Finals
- 3rd and 4th will play in the Lower Bracket
- 5th and 6th will be eliminated
- Playoffs will feature eight teams
- The Arena Days, on May 31 - June 2
- Playoffs will be bo3 matchups
- bo5 Grand Final